One of little known distros ... or not so much.

Well, there goes a list, expandable, with little-known distributions. Because, for tastes, colors ...


SliTaz GNU / Linux French minidistro that occupies less than 30MB, simple, easy and very fast, with the Openbox desktop, ready to use on CD or USB live. It recognizes new hardware very well, word, I have tried it :) For an AsusEEE or similar is what I recommend.

Puppy Linux Very complete minidistro that occupies little more than 100MB, simple, very easy and very fast, with the JWM and IceWM desktop, ready to use on CD or USB live. It also recognizes hardware very well. She is Australian and is a LFS.

PCLinuxOS elegant, very easy, ready to work all the first time. Word of those who have tried it (not me, but it makes me want to). Use KDE3.5. Suitable for user type 4 from my post last Tuesday.

Zenwalk focused on more advanced users and to be simple, fast and complete. Fairly up to date, uses Xfce and is based on Slackware (albeit with its differences) Recommended for programmers.

slamd64 Slackware's unofficial fork for 64bit architecture because it was only compiled for 32bit. (I wonder what will happen in the output of the final version of slackware64; and in Spanish) Characteristics? The same as Slack but compiled to be used on 64bit machines.

Sidux the latest version of the kernel + the Debian Sid packages. And no, neither Ubuntu has the packages as up-to-date as Debian Sid, nor Debian Sid has a kernel as up-to-date as Ubuntu, so for those who want the two things well updated: sidux. I would describe it as a Debian Sid with a more up-to-date kernel: 2.6.28 versus 2.6.26 for Debian Sid. It is an installable live CD for 32 and 64 bits. Spanish site.

Slax designed to run in RAM memory from CD or USB. It can also be installed on a Fat32 (vFat) format partition, the partition can be USB or hard disk. In that USB live with Slax the changes are saved (in others not, although I have seen some out there that also saves the changes). The software is installed by modules.

YellowDogLinux Does anyone have PowerPC? This would be your distro. Based on CentOS and Fedora. It includes several applications and a graphical installer. I have not tried it but it is said to be easy.

Sabayon it is a live DVD or live CD compiled for 32 and 64 bits and that uses Anaconda to install. Without going any further: the easy way to install Gentoo. It could be described as Gentoo precompiled for these architectures and ready to install. Then they can use Portage with the emerge command, anyway.

There is something for all tastes, for all user types. Which one did you like the most? Any suggestion?

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  1.   Miguel Gastelum said

    Very good compilation, I think that as 2 I had not heard, but the others I had already known, right now I do not remember any so it could be included in this list but if I do I will put it in the Thread, greetings

  2.   ssorgatem said

    Well, debian sid has had the 2.6.29 kernel for a few months now ... so if sidux has 2.6.28 ... I don't see what is special about it xD

  3.   Walker said

    Well, I use zenwalk and it is pure vibe, highly recommended.

  4.   C0R3.W4R.KILL3R said

    I have Slax on my USB and it works very well, another that has persistent changes is Back Track, especially for (in) computer security.

    Why ask for the e-mail to comment?

  5.   Berenlut said

    Very interesting, it really suits me like a glove because I'm looking for a new distro to put on a live USB. Thanks.

  6.   Paul said

    I was able to test a couple of these distributions you mention. I didn't know the first one, but I know there are a couple of distributions that are even smaller. I keep choosing from that list the one I like the most and it's slax. Honestly a bestiality in every way. I always liked it. It is still worth doing tests with those mentioned. They sound interesting. And it's true how are you there must be a lot that are unknown

  7.   Yo said

    favorites, I mean. The blunder with the letter v in the previous comment xD

  8.   Yo said

    Zenwalk is one of my fauoritas

  9.   Laura said

    @ C0R3.W4R.KILL3R, all WordPress blogs do.

    @ pablo, initially it was not going to be a post of ministers, but even so I put two.

    @ Berenlut, you're welcome and luck :)

    @ ssorgatem, to see the kernel version I used to rely on distrowatch and I have seen that you are right, Sid is wearing 2.6.29:

    Greetings :)

  10.   hygo said

    Yellox Dog was promoting it to install it on the PS3

    There is also Jarro Negro that they did at UNAM, in Mexico

  11.   LJMarín said

    Good post Laura ...

    PCLinuxOS I use it daily and the truth is 10 xD

    Puppy and Sabayon I have seen them working and they are doing very well, although it is a matter of tastes and needs.


  12.   f sources said

    Great post as always Laura. I would like to try Zenwalk and PCLinuxOS
    it's pretty decent but i tried it once on my pc and it got messed up,
    I do not know why

  13.   olovram said

    Nothing like arch :)

  14.   vincegeratorix said

    Debian sid has 2.6 ?? oooo I thought it was really unstable, and that it would have the kernel 2.7.x

    PS: the yellow dog says that it is also for the architecture of the cell processors ... something great, for the ps3: D

  15.   Rodolfo said

    Well, what do you want me to tell you ... I'm writing this note from Molinux Zeta, a Spanish version of Puppy Linux that runs fine from a liveCD.

    In any case, I use both Puppy and its derivatives and Slax, since both distros have special characteristics, which in addition to making them interesting, also make them useful instruments.

    First of all, thanks to its small size, Puppy is ideal for reviving old computers with limited resources with a next-generation kernel.

    Second, both Puppy and Slax, thanks to their small size, are ideal to be used to recover files hosted on computers that only have Windows installed when the system gives up. In such a way, it is worth having a liveCD from either of the two distros to use in emergencies.

    And as if that were not enough, Slax and Puppy share the characteristic of being able to stay in the RAM memory, without having to be installed on the hard disk, leaving the floppy disk free even to burn CDs or DVDs ... I even know of people who use computers that have disabled the hard disk, but thanks to Puppy and Slax they are still operational.

    This last possibility is also interesting when banking online, since using Slax or Puppy from a liveCD version we can choose that the data that we have handled is deleted once we have closed the session, so that it can never be installed. a malicious tracking program.

    Mini distros small, but you bully.

  16.   Eduardo Diaz said

    Puppy is the sh * t!
    100mb of pure gold !. Makes it !..
    I say version 4.1 because 4.2 was exceeded in visualization ..

    But the nucleus and its architecture ... DO NOT SPEAK ... is the best of the ones on that list!

  17.   toni said

    I go with Zenwalk and the truth is that it is easier to use and configure than Puppy (which fascinates me as LiveCD) and I am far from being an advanced or even intermediate user. Either way, I don't think it can be said to be complicated.

    SliTaz seems very good too, it takes up very little RAM (more or less the same as Puppy). The problem that I found is the little support for printers it has (from the official website they admit that it is not a priority).